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Turkey may seek return of St. Nicholas' bones

Turkey may seek return of St. Nicholas' bones

A Turkish minister says his country is considering requesting the return of St. Nicholas' remains from Italy so they may be placed at a museum to be built at his birthplace.
St. Nicholas, from whom the myth of Santa Claus emerged, was born and served as a bishop of what is now the Turkish Mediterranean town of Demre, in 4th century A.D. He was buried there, but his bones were later taken to the southern Italian town of Bari.
Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay told the Anatolia news agency on Thursday that Turkey was planning to build a museum in the region and was likely to request the bones once construction was complete.
Gunay said his ministry had no timetable yet for the museum's construction.